Warmun community comes together for birthday celebration at the pool

7 May 2022
Warmun children enjoying a birthday party at the pool

With our Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools about to close after another successful season, Warmun community members have taken the opportunity to enjoy their local pool by hosting a birthday party.

Warmun boy with his birthday cakeOn April 27th, the tiny town in the Kimberley came together for the festivities, celebrating six-year-old Johanan Liddle’s birthday. The event made quite the splash on more than just the birthday boy, with 50 community members getting in on the fun and making use of the kayaks, inflatables and slides put out for the party.

As part of the Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Project, Royal Life Saving WA has been able to provide remote communities with a safe recreational and educational space where community members can engage in a range of programs, events and activities. Thanks to the funding of the Department of Communities and Principal Community Partner BHP, the aquatic facility has become an inclusive hub for the entire Warmun community to enjoy. 

Sonic the Hedgehog birthday cakeWith experienced Remote Pool Manager Stephen Waterman on the team to engage the local community in swimming and water safety education, the pool has played a valued role in delivering a range of health and social benefits. Remote communities such as Warmun have experienced improved overall health, increased physical activity and a stronger sense of community cohesion thanks to the operation of the Remote Pool for nine months of the year.

The birthday party was a successful celebration for locals, with everyone enjoying part of the Sonic the Hedgehog cake and cupcake feast put out by Johanan’s mum. With the remote pool set to wrap out its season shortly, we look forward to hearing what the community gets up to in the next season!

To learn more about the impact of our remote pools on Aboriginal communities, follow the link below. 

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